Weights & Measures Permit Fees


Weights & Measures Device, Point of Sale System, Packer Registration, and California Department of Food and Agriculture administrative fees

  1. The annual registration fee for a business that uses a commercial weighing or measuring

    device or devices shall be assessed the maximum fees set forth in Business and Professions Code section 12240 and shall consist of a business location fee, a device fee, and a Department of Food and Agriculture administrative fee as authorized by Business and Professions Code section 12241 and set forth in 4 CCR §4075. The current business location fee and device fee are the following:** 
    1. A business location fee of one hundred dollars ($100) per business location, plus the applicable device fee listed in subdivisions (b) to (n), inclusive.
    2. For marinas, mobile home parks, recreational vehicle parks, and apartment complexes, where the owner of the marina, park, or complex owns and is responsible for the utility meters, the device fee shall not exceed the following:
    3. (1) For water submeters, two dollars ($2) per device per space or apartment.
      (2) For electric submeters, three dollars ($3) per device per space or apartment.
      (3) For vapor submeters, four dollars ($4) per device per space or apartment.
    4. For weighing devices, other than livestock scales, with capacities of 10,000 pounds or greater, the device fee shall be two hundred fifty dollars ($250) per device; for weighing devices, other than livestock scales, with capacities of at least 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds, the device fee shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per device.
    5. For livestock scales with capacities of 10,000 pounds or greater, the device fee shall be one hundred fifty dollars ($150) per device; for livestock scales with capacities of at least 2,000 pounds but less than 10,000 pounds, the device fee shall be one hundred dollars ($100) per device.
    6. Farm milk tanks are exempt from registration certificate requirements and all annual registration fees.
    7. A scale or device used in a certified farmers' market, as defined by Section 113745 of the Health and Safety Code, is not required to be registered in the county where the market is conducted, if the scale or device has an unexpired seal for the current year, issued by a licensed California county sealer.  Any resident of Santa Barbara County that brings a scale or device used in a certified farmers' market to a location specified by the office of weights and measures for testing shall be exempt from paying a business location fee for that device.
    8. LPG & CNG
      (1) For liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) meters, truck mounted or stationary, the device fee shall be one hundred eighty-five dollars ($185) per device.
      (2)For compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified natural gas (LNG) meters, truck mounted or stationary, the device fee shall not exceed one hundred eighty-five dollars ($185) per device beginning in 2021.
    9. For wholesale and vehicle meters, the device fee shall be seventy-five dollars ($75) per device.
    10. For computing scales, the device fee shall not exceed twenty-three dollars ($23) per device. For purposes of this subdivision, a computing scale shall be a weighing device with a capacity of less than 100 pounds that indicates the money value of any commodity weighed, at predetermined unit prices, throughout all or part of the weighing range of the scale. For purposes of this subdivision, the portion of the annual registration fee consisting of the business location fee and the device fees authorized by this subdivision shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each business location.
    11. For jewelry and prescription scales and scales marked as, or meeting the design and performance requirements of, a Class II weighing device, the device fee shall not exceed eighty dollars ($80) per device. For purposes of this subdivision, a jewelry or prescription scale or a scale marked as, or meeting the design and performance requirements of, a Class II weighing device shall be a scale that meets the specifications, tolerances, and sensitivity requirements established or adopted by the secretary applicable to those devices in accordance with Section 12107.
    12. For weighing devices, other than computing, jewelry, and prescription scales and scales marked as, or meeting the design and performance requirements of, a Class II weighing device, as defined in subdivisions (n) and (o), with capacities of at least 100 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds, the device fee shall not exceed fifty dollars ($50) per device.
    13. For vehicle odometers utilized to charge mileage usage fees in vehicle rental transactions or in computing other charges for service, including, but not limited to, ambulance, towing, or limousine services, the device fee shall not exceed sixty dollars ($60) per device.
    14. For vehicle odometers utilized to charge mileage usage fees in vehicle rental transactions involving non-passenger vehicles that are not subject to Chapter 1.5 (commencing with Section 1939.01) of Title 5 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code, the portion of the annual registration fee consisting of the business location fee and the device fee authorized pursuant to subdivision (q) shall not exceed the sum of three hundred forty dollars ($340) for each business location.
    15. For all other commercial weighing or measuring devices not listed in subdivisions (b) to (m), inclusive, the device fee shall be twenty dollars ($20) per device. For the purposes of this subdivision, the total annual registration fee shall not exceed the sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each business location.
  2. The annual registration fee for each location with point of sale systems shall consist of a device fee with no location fee and no Department of Food and Agriculture administrative fee. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 13350, the following device registration fees shall apply except as specified in the Small Business Allowance section below:
    Number of Point of Sale Stations Annual Registration Fee
    1-3 $ 95.00 per location
    4-9 $190.00 per location
    10 or more $290.00 per location

    In addition, a fee for any reinspection as authorized by Business and Professions Code section 13350 shall be billed at the hourly rate for one inspector as set forth above.

    Small Business Allowance. A business that meets all of the following conditions may remit one-half (forty dollars) the annual registration fee specified above:

    1. The business has a single sales location in the county that has 1-3 point of sale stations;
    2. The business has gross sales in the amount of $200,000.00 or less for the latest year; and
    3. The business verifies the qualifying gross sales by including a signed copy of their latest Internal Revenue Service tax filing for the qualifying business with their reduced payment.

  3. As authorized by Business and Professions Code section 12240, the annual registration fee for a packer shall be as follows:
    Number of Packages per Year Annual Registration Fee
    Less than 10,000 Exempt
    10,000 or more $290.00
  4. As authorized by Business and Professions Code section 12241, and set forth in 4 CCR §4075, the California Department of Food and Agriculture administrative fee shall be as follows:
    Commercial Device Type Fee per Device
    Electric Sub-meter
    Vapor Sub-meter
    Water Sub-meter
    $0.50
    CNG Meter
    Electric Vehicle Fueling Systems (EVSE)
    Fabric, Cordage, Wire Meter
    Grease and Lube Meter
    Odometer
    Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser
    Retail Meter
    Retail Water Meter
    Tank (Liquid Test)
    Taximeter
    Vehicle Meter
    Wholesale Meter
    Miscellaneous Measuring Device
    Scales with less than 2,000 pounds capacity
    $2.20
    Liquefied Gas / Hydrogen Meter
    Scales with 2,000 pounds to 10,000 pounds capacity
    Mass Flow Meters
    $16.00
    Scales with greater than 10,000 pounds capacity $24.00

The CDFA administrative fees set forth above are subject to adoption and subsequent amendment by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, and, as required by law, shall be collected by the County office of weights and measures in the manner specified in 4 CCR §4075.